Hilltop Villages, Shepherds' Paths, and Turquoise Seas

Hiking Puglia and Matera

Italy

10 Days

From $5,995

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    Swirling Adriatic and Ionian seas in hues of deep blue, heirloom olive orchards stretching to the horizon, whitewashed coastal towns gleaming in the sun—this is the “heel” of Italy, a world apart from the north. Our hikes bring us across traditional shepherds' trails and along spectacular coastal paths where the sea and the sky seem to meet. Along the way, we'll visit charming hill towns and ancient ports. Our final treat is a three-night stay in a historic hotel in the unforgettable World Heritage Site of Matera. As always, we'll eat locally and well—olive-tasting in the Itria Valley, sampling the deep red Primitivo wines in Manduria, and tasting the bounty of the sea.

    Arrive: Bari, Italy

    Depart: Bari, Italy

    Highlights

    • Visit the breathtaking World Heritage Sites of Matera and Alberobello
    • Explore Lecce's Baroque palazzi and the striking “white city” of Ostuni
    • Hike through ancient olive orchards and across shepherds' paths
    • Enjoy Puglia's tasty seafood and the best Primitivo wines

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      We head across the vineyards of the Valle d'Itria, known for its conical-roofed “trulli” houses. A walk on the Apulian Aqueduct brings us to Alberobello, a World Heritage Site with a maze of trulli-lined lanes. After exploring stunning Ostuni, with its tumble of alabaster buildings, we'll taste olive oils at a farmstead, enjoy a picnic on the beach, and explore the opulent Baroque town of Lecce, with architectural surprises at every turn.
      From Otranto, originally a Greek port and then a Roman one, our hikes contour along sea cliffs to Porto Badusco and past the Punta Palascia lighthouse to lovely Santa Maria di Leuca, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet. A boat ride along the coast brings us to ancient cave sanctuaries.
      Magical City of Stone In the wine town of Manduria, we taste Primitivo di Manduria vintages at a local cellar. Our grand finale is Matera, one of the most spectacular ancient settings in all Europe, where Benedictine monks carved elaborate churches and monasteries deep into the walls of a steep canyon. With its troglodyte dwellings and otherworldly surroundings, Matera is as fascinating as it is unique. We'll set out on canyon walks, exploring picturesque alleys and a warren of “sassi” dwellings. Depart on Day 10.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and inns
      • All meals included except 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Borgo Canonica

      Cisternino, Italy

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      You'll feel like you've stepped back into the past at this charming hotel, a renovated borgo (village) dating back to the 1800s. The trulli-style guest rooms with their dry-stone walls have been elegantly restored and offer style and comfort. Set in the beautiful Valle d'Istria,...

      Hotel Corte di Nettuno

      Otranto, Italy

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Just a short walk from Otranto's historic center, this hotel has modern guest rooms and a rooftop terrace with harbor views. The hotel's interior is decorated with museum-quality maritime artifacts collected by the owner.

      Hotel Terminal

      Castrignano del Capo, Italy

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      The Hotel Terminal is set on a private beach just steps from Santa Maria di Leuca's harbor and offers a rooftop terrace and spacious guest rooms with ocean views.

      Palazzo Viceconte

      Matera, Italy

      Days 7-9 (3 nights)

      Tucked away just steps from the Piazza del Duomo is Palazzo Viceconte, a splendid historic palace turned hotel. Fourteen guest rooms are uniquely decorated and have views of the courtyard or Sassi of Matera. Relax on the terrace, wander through the halls (the hotel has beautiful collection of art displayed...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Gianluca Canalicchio

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      Irene De Benedictis

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      JoAnn Lantz

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      What the Trip is Like

      The hiking on this trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. We enjoy day walks and hikes of 2-4 hours over variable terrain, including gently rolling countryside, rocky coastal trails, and steep canyons.
      Review Trip Level Details

      You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally downhill over loose rocks, so good balance is important. The hikes explore a mix of terrain, from dirt roads to paths across rolling hills to ancient stone staircases, which can be quite steep. The trip is designed for those who have at least some hiking experience. Please note that the hiking can feel more demanding at times because the weather can occasionally be hot, even in fall when we make our journey. Sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots are best for some of the rural trails, though walking shoes may be suitable for some days.

      For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, and wine that are a part of it), we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

      Puglia has a warm, sunny Mediterranean climate. Temperatures are likely to be the 70s and 80s during the day and the 60s at night. Cooling breezes and showers can occur at any time, especially in fall. The weather can range from blue skies to cloudy, mist-shrouded days on which we need to keep rain gear handy in our daypacks. The sea regulates the climate in coastal southern Italy.

      Our hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Although rooms in European hotels are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

      Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

      Luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you wish to opt out of a day's hiking. We will carry just a daypack with water bottle, sunscreen, camera, and anything else you want with you while on the trail.

      Client Testimonials

      "The trip was amazing. We loved every minute of it: lots of culture, hiking (of course,) and wine and food."

      Candy H.

      Sacramento, CA

      "Your Puglia trip is just wonderful. We loved the itinerary, the culture, and all that entails, and the local guides were fabulous."

      Gail S.

      Fairfax, CA

      "Fantastic trip in a interesting area. We loved the food and wine. Our trip leader, JoAnn, made us all feel extremely welcome. We immediately felt comfortable with her."

      Nathaniel B.

      Bedford, MA

      "Great fun. They don't call it "Eatily" for nothing! Lovely hikes."

      Pamela R.

      Davis, CA

      "This trip far exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was superb and the guides were terrific. The balance among hiking, city tours, and wonderful meals was perfect. The two days in Matera were magical."

      Philip S.

      Arlington, VA

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      Itinerary

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Since the early 1990s, she has led trips for us in Nepal, India, Tibet, Republic of Georgia, Canada, and Europe, and shows no sign of stopping. &ldquo;One of the most wonderful things about guiding for me is starting a trip with a group of strangers and finishing with a group of friends,&rdquo; she says. Through travel, she has fulfilled some of her passions such as environmental stewardship and engaging in the local culture of each place. Leila is conversant in German, Nepali, and French. When she is not guiding, Leila works as a nurse at the local hospital in Bend, Oregon, where she lives with her husband (and fellow WT guide) Sean Morrissey, and enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, skiing, and her latest sports addiction&mdash;pickleball.","BioLong":"With a solid repertoire of outdoor skills including rock climbing, river guiding, and mountaineering, Leila Thompson surely lives the life of an adventurer. Since the early 1990s, she has led trips for us in Nepal, India, Tibet, Republic of Georgia, Canada, and Europe, and shows no sign of stopping. &ldquo;One of the most wonderful things about guiding for me is starting a trip with a group of strangers and finishing with a group of friends,&rdquo; she says. Through travel, she has fulfilled some of her passions such as environmental stewardship and engaging in the local culture of each place. Leila is conversant in German, Nepali, and French. When she is not guiding, Leila works as a nurse at the local hospital in Bend, Oregon, where she lives with her husband (and fellow WT guide) Sean Morrissey, and enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, skiing, and her latest sports addiction&mdash;pickleball."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Candy H.","GuestLocation":"Sacramento, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was amazing. We loved every minute of it: lots of culture, hiking (of course,) and wine and food."},{"GuestNames":"Gail S.","GuestLocation":"Fairfax, CA","GuestReview":"Your Puglia trip is just wonderful. We loved the itinerary, the culture, and all that entails, and the local guides were fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Nathaniel B.","GuestLocation":"Bedford, MA","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip in a interesting area. We loved the food and wine. Our trip leader, JoAnn, made us all feel extremely welcome. We immediately felt comfortable with her."},{"GuestNames":"Pamela R.","GuestLocation":"Davis, CA","GuestReview":"Great fun. They don't call it \"Eatily\" for nothing! Lovely hikes."},{"GuestNames":"Philip S.","GuestLocation":"Arlington, VA","GuestReview":"This trip far exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was superb and the guides were terrific. The balance among hiking, city tours, and wonderful meals was perfect. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}